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    #1

    fetch a compass

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    We wanted to avoid going through the town, so we fetched a compass.

    fetch a compass = round, go round

    V.

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    #2

    Re: fetch a compass

    not a teacher

    Yes. They went a way round.

    P.S.: Interesting idiom. Wasn't aware of it, yet. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/To+fetch+a+compass
    Last edited by Michael84; 09-Sep-2011 at 16:50. Reason: PS

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    #3

    Re: fetch a compass

    That's not an idiom.

    And using a compass would not help you to find a bypass round a town.

    For that, you'd need a map, a GPS device or a route-planning service like Mapquest.

    Rover

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